Botchling is a Creature/Monster in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
"Saying a botchling's ugly is like saying *****'s not particularly tasty: can't say it's a lie, but it doesn't exactly convey the whole truth, either. — Lambert, witcher of the Wolf School
Botchlings are perhaps the most repulsive creatures a witcher will ever have the displeasure of meeting. Born of dead, unwanted babies discarded without a proper burial, their appearance is that of a partially-decayed fetus, their unformed flesh twisted with hate, fear and malice. These hideous creatures feed on the blood of pregnant women, driven by a mad hunger that most often leads to their victim's death.
A botchling will emerge from its lair at night to lurk by the bedside of an epxtant mother, draining her strength and that of her unborn progeny as she sleeps. A woman thus beleaguered first suffers from troubling dreams, then fever, delirium and a general weakening of the flesh. After a few such nights she is enfeebled and unable to defend herself - it is then the botchling attacks directly, sinking its long, sharp fangs into her body and drinking of her blood unitl mother and fetus perish together.
A botchling stands around a foot and a half in height, but, when threatened and if gorged with blood, it can change form. At such times it grows into a deformed man, hunced over and striding, ape-like, on its forearms. Stronger and fiercer after this alteration, it hurls itself into direct, physical combat, gnashing, it hurls itself into direct, physical combat, gnashing at its opponent or attacking him with sharp claws
A botchling's curse can be lifted by transforming it into a lubberkin - a guardian spirit of the hearth that watches over the family it never knew in the house it never could call home."
- Found in: Velen, Crow's Perch
- Drops: Necrophage Skin, Rotting Meat
- Associated Quests: Family Matters
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